Forbes: Bill Gates still richest American

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates may no longer be involved in day-to-day business activities at his company but that hasn't stopped him from keeping his position as the richest person in America. Forbes' newest list of the 400 richest people from the US has Gates, not surprisingly, on top with a net worth estimated to be a whopping $59 billion. That's well above the person at number two on the list. Warren Buffet, the head of Berkshire Hathaway, who is worth $39 billion, while the person at number three, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, has a net worth of $33 billion. It seems pretty clear that Gates will be hanging on to that number one spot for some time to come.

Other people from the tech industry on the list includes Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who takes the number 13 slot at $19.1 billion, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at number 14 with $17.5 billion, and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who tie at number 15 with $16.7 billion each. Two more Microsoft co-founders made the short list. Microsoft's current CEO Steve Ballmer is in 19th place with a net worth of $13.9 billion and co-founder Paul Allen is at number 23 with $13.2 billion.

Even though Apple is now bigger than nearly every other company in the world in terms of its market value, its founder and former CEO Steve Jobs isn't very high up on Forbes' list this year. It shows Jobs at number 39 with an estimated net worth of "only" $7 billion.

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What BG needs to do is kick Ballmer outta there and put Sinofsky in charge! Also Ballmer does not get to keep his $13 billion net worth. As punishment he gets thrown into the pauper-dom.

I saw him on a tv show a while back talking about various projects he and Melinda were up and i must say i was thoroughly impressed by his whole attitude.
It seems that he has tried the whole throw money at it method but soon realized most doesn`t actually get to the people they wan`t to help. Now they seems to use a more structured methodology whereby the ones being helped are given a leg up, but also need top do some of the work themselves.
Kudos to the guy, you never see him bragging about it...

And he's still openly a eugenicist. His vaccines and genetically modified good programs lower population by 10%. Those are his words during a TED conference you can watch on youtube.

jingarelho said,
so the top 15 people in that list, if they had the will to do it, could stop world hunger...

You have the will to help stop hunger. How much do you contribute?

jingarelho said,
so the top 15 people in that list, if they had the will to do it, could stop world hunger...

And yet the US Government has proven time and time again that throwing huge sums of money at things doesn't miraculously fix it... Hm...

jingarelho said,
so the top 15 people in that list, if they had the will to do it, could stop world hunger...

Someone "worth" does not mean they have the cash sitting in a bank account...

After all BG pours millions into his foundation to dont think some ppl on the list arnt doing something to solve the world problems...

jingarelho said,
so the top 15 people in that list, if they had the will to do it, could stop world hunger...

Yeah, throwing a bunch of money and aid at famine stricken countries will totally fix the problem. You just gotta kill all the corrupt militias, leaders and pirates first, cuz thats where all the aid is ending up now. Fixing world hunger is impossile now since third world countries have first world technology falling into corrupt hands who don't care about the starving in their backyard. They'd rather kill them and take what little they have than help them, so they can be in control...If the world economy does collapse, you can bet your ass that kind of behavior will be the norm across the globe.

M_Lyons10 said,
And yet the US Government has proven time and time again that throwing huge sums of money at things doesn't miraculously fix it... Hm...
Even Bill Gates has come out and said that himself with respect to Education Reform. He tried to invest large sums into it, but realized that he was getting no where. Now, he is spending in a more targeted manner.

http://news.slashdot.org/story...w-For-5B-Spent-On-Education
http://online.wsj.com/article/...4904576461571362279948.html

People sure love the government taking everyone's money and spending more and more of it, but what do we have to show for it? Better Education? Better Regulations (not necessarily less or more)? Only a better military, and there's even a lot of missteps there too with the lack of sharing between the branches.

Ramcee said,

haha totally oftopic butt funny as hell +1

It's just Butt Science... most people have already figured out how to make methane, so he'll go broke on it

MariosX said,
Nah I'm the richest man in the whole world. My butt worths 999999999999999999999999 billions
MariosX, you can get us out of this recession, with that magnificent butt of yours!

I wonder how much of that $59 billion is tied up in MS stocks? I'm keen to know if MS shares dropped 50% then how much would Gates be worth then?

Same goes for the other guys at the top...

AtriusNY said,
Bill Gates should still have 8% of Microsoft. You can calculate the rest.
At a market share of ~212B, 8% is ~17B. Even if Microsoft disappear today, Bill Gates would still have 42B, 2B more than Warren Buffet. If MS shares dropped 50%, 17/2 = 8.5B, that's still more than Steve Jobs' 7B.